The Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE) is a standardized, 4-skill American English test at the high-intermediate level of proficiency.

American English Exam at the B2 Level

ECCE test users can depend on an international certification to advance toward educational and professional goals.

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Learners have earned their B2 certification of English proficiency with the ECCE for over 25 years.

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Only Authorized Test Centers administer the ECCE.

Revised ECCE Launching May 2021

The popular Examination for the Certification of Competency in English (ECCE) is undergoing a revision. The test updates will reflect feedback from test users, changes to the test-taker population, and new thinking in language assessment. The revised exam will be administered for the first time in May 2021.

  • Listening part 2 played twice
  • Reduction in the total number of items
  • Updated writing task
The updated exam will remain at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and the overall level of difficulty and standards will not change. The revisions will offer the following benefits to test takers and teachers:
  • More accessible: More topics and scenarios suitable for a younger demographic
  • Coherent progression: More task type commonality between ECCE and ECPE
  • Increased efficiency: Reduced number of total items

New Sample Tests for 2021 Revised ECPE & ECCE

Read the latest news on the updates and download the new sample tests for the revised 2021 exams. NOTE: for the current exam, download the 2020 samples tests in the Resource Library.

Revised ECCE and ECPE Test Specifications Available

The test specifications and example items for the revised Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE) and the Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) are now available.

Success Stories with ECCE

Learn how test takers benefit from the ECCE international certification.

2021 and Beyond: Updates to the ECCE & ECPE

In this webinar recording, you will learn about the upcoming revisions to the ECCE and the ECPE.

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